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Be Sure To Catch The Annual Perseid Meteor Shower Tonight!
Posted on Tuesday, August 12, 2014 by eNature
Perseid meteors are easily seen with the naked eye.
Perseid meteors are easily seen with the naked eye.
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The annual Perseid meteor shower should be visible in the night sky tonight and tomorrow..

A waning Gibbous Moon (the phase following a full moon) may make it harder for observers to see the shower. Despite this, astronomers suggest that you try your luck at catching some Perseids before dawn on August 11, 12 and 13.  At its peak, you can see 60 to a 100 meteors in an hour from a dark place away from the lights of civilization.

If your local weather cooperates, the best night for viewing is looking to be Tuesday night— really more early Wednesday morning.

The best viewing hours should be between 11 p.m. and dawn, when the constellation Perseus is above the horizon. Although the meteors appear to come from Perseus, they actually are part of a debris trail left by Comet Swift-Tuttle, which the Earth encounters every August.

To spot meteors, find a dark-sky spot away from street lights. Perseids can appear anywhere in the sky; astronomers recommend looking in whatever direction the sky is darkest for you.

Earthsky.org has a great guide for determining the best time to catch the Perseids in your town.

Learn more about the night sky with our August Sky Guide »

Earthsky.org's website has lots of Perseid related information »

Scientific American has a great overview of of the smaller meteor showers visible this month. »

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